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Beginning with the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed "Showtime" run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between and , the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.
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To ask other readers questions about Showtime , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 17, Mario rated it really liked it. Here's an overview of what I learned from the book: - Magic Johnson basically ran that team throughout the 80's and could get whatever he wanted, including a cheeseburger from Jack Kent Cooke. It wasn't. To just about everyone. Oh, and he was a virgin on the team. Olden Polynice still remains my favorite NBA player name.
Even more than Uwe Blab. View all 3 comments. Apr 12, Ruel rated it really liked it. Solid, well-written overview of the greatest team of the greatest era in professional basketball. I'm a lifelong Lakers fan and I read, watch, and listen to almost anything Lakers-related, so perhaps my review should be taken with a grain of salt.
Many of the stories here have been told before, but Pearlman manages to make it all seem fresh and new. There are even a few new anecdotes in here for die-hard fans. My favorite part of this book were the early chapters focusing on Jack McKi 4.
My favorite part of this book were the early chapters focusing on Jack McKinney, the true genius behind the Showtime Lakers. There has not been enough written about him and Pearlman gives McKinney the long overdue credit he deserves. It's one of the great What Ifs of professional sports: What if McKinney doesn't have his freak bicycle accident and remains head coach -- do the Lakers go on to win five titles in 10 years?
I believe any coach with Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson could win championships, but the team might not have been as glitzy yet hard-nosed as they were under Pat Riley. Pearlman also doesn't pull any punches, either, making sure the reader knows that Kareem is arrogant and unlikable, Magic is a sex addict and truly runs the Lakers, and Riley is paranoid and a megalomaniac.
None of these are new revelations, but credit the author with creating a captivating and entertaining story out of such familiar material. This is a must-read for Lakers fans, but any fan of 80s-era basketball even the most hardcore Celtics fan will appreciate this.
Go Lakers!!! Mar 12, Shakeia rated it it was amazing Shelves: sportsball. I enjoyed this book from the very first page. It doesn't matter if you like the Lakers or not, this is a great read about the 80s Lakers. Lots of stories you may or may not know, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the personal stories of those involved were weaved in to fit chronologically as well as to tell you what was happening behind the scenes during those stellar seasons.
Kudos to telling the story of Jack McKinney! He's often left out and I never really hear much about him. Oct 14, Scott Martin rated it really liked it. Decided to give this book a try when I came across it. In basketball, I am a Houston Rockets fan through and through, but I can appreciate great teams and talent.
In the history of the NBA, you cannot mention the great teams in its history without talking about the Los Angeles Lakers teams of the s. Given the nickname "Showtime" for their uptempo style of play, their star power and the overall ambiance associated with the franchise in LA in that decade, they became more than jus Audiobook. Given the nickname "Showtime" for their uptempo style of play, their star power and the overall ambiance associated with the franchise in LA in that decade, they became more than just a basketball team, but a separate form of entertainment in a city built on such things.
The story starts with how the Lakers, who were not a terrible team in the late s, but were not a great one, started to make the key moves that took them to a new level. Along the way, Pearlman introduces the reader one by one to the key personalities that played their part in the Lakers ascendancy. It is somewhat formulaic how Pearlman, after first mentioning a name in the context of the team will then provide the back story of how their lives and how they came to join the franchise.
He also goes behind the known stories and images to reveal the faults and frailties of the personalities involved. There is a degree of hedonism in this time, with drug use, prodigious sexual activity, fast money and dumb decisions, but there is also some of the greatest basketball to have ever been played.
It follows the dynasty of the "Showtime" Lakers, from creation to its apex, to its inevitable decline. Age, ego and an evolving series of opponents will eventually overcome all sports dynasties. While some could argue the end of Showtime came with the retirement of Kareem, or the Pistons sweep of the Lakers in or the firing of Pat Riley in , but for Pearlman, the end of Showtime came with the announcement of Magic Johnson in Nov that he was HIV positive.
Overall, it was an engaging read, and while the style was somewhat formulaic for sports writing, the stories involved were supremely engaging.
For an audiobook, the reader was engaging, and while he would sometimes try to talk in quasi-accents, he did not go over the top.
View 1 comment. Apr 15, Tom Gase rated it it was amazing. This book is about the Los Angeles Lakers of the s. Basically has short intro with how Jerry Buss bought the team and then goes right into the year when the Lakers won the championship in Magic's rookie year.
Talks about not just the games, but conflicts going on off the court as well. Book chronicles all the years in the s and ends around the time Magic calls it quits because he learns he has the HIV virus. Even if you're a Celtics fan you'll probably enjoy this one. Pearlman does very good research and writes very well. Can't wait to read his next one. Mar 12, Troy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Basketball fans, sports fans, Los Angelenos. Shelves: historical , documentary-nonfic.
This iwas pretty good. As a kid growing up in Los Angeles during the 80s and 90s, I was all about Showtime. Magic, Coop, Kareem, Rambis. The machinations behind the personnel moves, the interactions, and the mentalities of the men who made all that happen are laid out in great detail.
Things I didn't know, things I expected, timelines I only vaguely remember now that I'm old. This is simply invaluable to anyone who was a basketball fan during this era, as well as anyone who wants a bit more insig This iwas pretty good. This is simply invaluable to anyone who was a basketball fan during this era, as well as anyone who wants a bit more insight as to how a championship team is built, maintained, and eventually crumbles. Jun 21, Justin Tapp rated it liked it Shelves: sports , history.
I enjoyed this book during the NBA Finals. In some ways, Golden State's small ball run-n-gun is like a throwback to the early 80's Lakers.
There is much time and paradigm difference between them, though. The three pointer was a novelty in the s and it's hard to imagine coaches and pundits so blindly unaware of the inefficiency on offense back then. No analytics back then, alas. Tempo-free statistics would have been helpful to add to this book, it's a lot easier to get a triple-double when there are possessions a game versus only
The Los Angeles Lakers of the s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between and , the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. He is a columnist for SI. Through his relentless reporting and buoyant writing, Jeff Pearlman has delivered the story in full, from rare insight into Kareem and Magic to what ital really ital went on after-hours in the Forum Club.
Exclusive Book Excerpt: Bitter, Dark Days of Pat Riley and the 'Showtime' Lakers
Suddenly, Showtime seemed to be a thing of the past. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the legendary center, retired. Point guard Magic Johnson was a step slower. The roster was changing over. Then, the next season, something strange happened—the Lakers won. And won. Los Angeles went a league-best , and entered the playoffs a prohibitive favorite to recapture its spot atop the league.